Case study: CV writing in the language classroom

Summary

Students develop CV writing skills in the languages they are learning. The aim of the programme is to help students to develop self-awareness, start to understand the opportunities that are available to them and how to research these, how to make career decisions and how to promote themselves and network effectively.

Contributors

Dr Eamon McCarthy (Lecturer), Katrin Uhlig, Monica Legazpi-Iglesias, Dr Luis Gomes, Dr Sheila Dickson, Dr Elisa Seginini, Dr Manon Mathias

Email address: Eamon.McCarthy@glasgow.ac.uk

Context

  • School of Modern Language and Cultures
  • Level 2
  • Subjects: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Key features

  • Small groups of students (< 25)
  • Focus on raising general awareness.
  • A mix of in-class and out-of-class activities, in form of a lecture follow by a seminar.
  • Paper material and slides with projector.
  • No technology used but parts of the activity could be delivered online.
  • Since the activity is assessed, it is fully integrated into the curriculum and aligned with ILOs, L&T activities and assessments. This has impact on syllabus redesign and requires PIP to be revised.
  • Considerable impact on staff’s workload, since the activity involves students writing and  submitting CVs and cover letters as part  of their assessment for the course.

Rationale

Writing cover letters  & CVs helps prepare level 2 students for going abroad. It  can also be used as  a way of teaching writing in a formal register and writing for a specific purpose.

Implementation

Stage 1: Lecture from careers on CVs in English.

Stage 2: Look at examples of CVs in target language in class.

Stage 3: Class on formal writing (e.g. writing cover letters).

Stage 4: Look at jobs ads in target language in class and discuss the skills required for each job.

Stage 5: Students apply for a job by writing a CV and cover letter, which will be assessed.

Reactions

Staff  are very positive about the activity. Students are very supportive of the idea but we will only roll out  the activity in 2018-19.

Analysis and evaluation

Since the activity is new, the evaluation is going to be done through course feedback at the end of 2018-19.